I got back yesterday from a lovely week with my family in Australia. My cousin Sarah studies at university in Melbourne, and my Aunty and Uncle and Grandparents live in Canberra.
The original plan was for Sarah to come and visit in Dubai, but somehow that ended up not happening and I decided to make the most of my staff travel benefits (as I like to do every month!) and fly to Australia!
The flight was looking pretty good, with around 40 spare seats, so I booked my ticket and packed my bags. However as I double checked the loads the night before, suddenly there were only 3 seats available to Melbourne! Luckily the guys at staff travel did their best and I managed to get on, even it was the dreaded middle seat! But who’s complaining when you’re paying practically nothing 😉
13 hours later I finally arrived in Melbourne airport, and Sarah came to pick me up. As it was only around 6am we headed back to hers for the most important thing – sleep!
After some much needed sleep it was onto what somehow turned into a theme for the rest of the week – breakfast! Or more like brunch, although not in the Dubai sense of the word (going out on a Friday from 12-4 and eating and drinking as much as possible!).
We headed down the road to a lovely little brunch spot called “Industry Beans”. They do all sorts of special coffees as well but I just stuck to a good old latte.
We spent the afternoon wandering around central Melbourne.
The next day we continued with our breakfast/brunch theme and headed to an area of Melbourne called Richmond.
It was a beautiful crisp sunny day and the view over the river to the city was lovely.
Sarah wanted to try a restaurant called “Top Paddock” that she’d heard do the best breakfast in Melbourne so I was up for giving it a try!
What can I say; it definitely didn’t disappoint! By far the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time.
We headed back to her house to drop the car off and then wandered into town. I was very lucky that the weather was on my side while I was there, although it was still pretty chilly! We spent the rest of our time in Melbourne meeting friends, drinking lots of amazing coffees and just generally having a very relaxing time!
Our next stop was Canberra, where my Aunt, Uncle and Grandparents live. We got an early morning flight (after a night out and very few hours of sleep…not so fun, haha!) and were there in no time.
And of course a tradition when we’re in Canberra, afternoon tea with Aunty Mary and Granny! 🙂
A lovely treat that we all enjoyed. We made sure to make the most of the buffet as well!
A beautiful sunset looking over Canberra finished off the day nicely!
We spent some of the next day with one of Sarah’s friends cooking lunch (and baking the most delicious banana cake ever!) together.
It was so lovely to be able to spend some time with my family, especially as they live so far away! Grandpa is a little bit camera-shy so I haven’t got any pictures to put up here.
Before we knew it we were on a plane back to Melbourne. Sarah had to head back to uni and I had a loooong day of travelling ahead!
A lovely week in Australia! It was a refreshing change having cooler weather as well!
I do apologize about the awful quality of these pictures, I did bring my camera with me but ended up only using my iPhone, which is getting increasingly more rubbish every day. Think it’s time for an upgrade soon!
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